Spacious and Sporty: The New Opel Insignia Sports Tourer

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 12:00

New Opel Insignia Sports Tourer: Summary
  • Spacious: 130 liters more trunk space compared to predecessor, kicking motion opens power tailgate
  • Fun: Convincing driving dynamics, all-wheel drive with torque vectoring
  • Protective: With Lane Keep Assist, Autonomous Emergency Braking and more
  • Bright: Latest generation Opel IntelliLux LED® matrix light turns night into day
  • Connected: IntelliLink infotainment and Opel OnStar with new services
  • Cozy: Heated windscreen, heated steering wheel, heated front and rear seats
  • Tempting: Entry into Insignia Sports Tourer world for €26,690


Rüsselsheim.  The all-new Opel Insignia Sports Tourer is in extremely good shape. Sporty and elegant, it is uncompromisingly spacious and offers exemplary safety just like a true flagship should. The second generation Insignia impresses with its breathtaking lines, a trunk volume that has been increased to 1,665 liters – over 130 liters more than the outgoing model – and high-tech solutions ranging from the trendsetting Opel IntelliLux LED® matrix headlights and ultra-modern driver assistance systems to the cool head up display. In addition, the Insignia comes with Opel-typical first-class connectivity with smartphone integration which now offers a new Opel OnStar feature – the Personal Assistant which allows Insignia occupants to book hotel rooms[1] and search for parking[2] via an OnStar Advisor. The new flagship is also the first car made in Rüsselsheim available with an eight-speed automatic transmission, a 360° camera and intelligent all-wheel drive with torque vectoring.

In addition, the new Opel Insignia Sports Tourer is up to 200 kilograms lighter than the outgoing model – depending on powertrain and trim. This was mainly made possible by the use of lightweight materials and efficient packaging. Combined with the lower seating position of the driver it results in a noticeable increase in driving dynamics – never before has a large station wagon from Rüsselsheim been so agile.

Order books for the Opel Insignia Sports Tourer have been open since February. The new Opel is appealing with an exemplary cost-performance ratio and customers can already enter the Insignia Sports Tourer world for €26,690 (RRP incl. VAT in Germany).

High-tech assistance systems: For more comfort and safety

The new Insignia Sports Tourer comes with the same leading technologies already seen in the Grand Sport sedan. Most notably that includes the next generation of the adaptive Opel IntelliLux LED® matrix light system. Features such as Lane Keep Assist with automatic steering correction increase safety even further. The new Insignia is the first Opel with an active hood. In case of a collision, the hood lifts up in milliseconds, thus increasing the distance to the engine and offering pedestrians improved protection.

Inside, the optional AGR-certified (Aktion Gesunder Rücken e. V. - Campaign for Healthier Backs) premium ergonomic seats with massage, ventilation and memory function ensure an even more comfortable ride. Also, the two outer rear seats are heated – just like the windscreen. The large panorama sunroof enables an unhindered view towards heaven. Obviously, Opel thought about comfortable and clean loading. The tailgate can be opened and closed by making a kicking motion under the rear bumper.

Emotional eye-catcher: Insignia Sports Tourer in Monza Concept skin

The new Insignia Grand Sport already takes many cues from the athletic Monza Concept but this is taken even further in the new generation Insignia Sports Tourer. Although the exterior dimensions have grown slightly to 4,986 millimeters, the newcomer looks much more athletic and agile. The 11 millimeters increased track, the prominent grille and the Monza Concept-inspired headlights all add to this perception. The car’s stance is also emphasized by the wheelbase, which has been extended by 92 millimeters to 2,829 millimeters, and a front overhang that has been reduced by 30 millimeters. The Opel blade starting in the front door and sweeping towards the rear helps carry the eye from front to back. The chrome window blade dynamically flows into the LED tail lamps and gives the ‘low’, only 1,500 millimeter tall Insignia Sports Tourer an even more athletic appearance. The silver roof rails (standard on all equipment levels) help stretch the car, make it look lower and emphasize the high-quality design.

The Insignia Sports Tourer’s kinship with the Monza Concept is especially apparent at the rear: the shape looks much lighter than before with the newcomer defined by clear lines. Together with the slim, slightly protruding LED taillights in double-wing design and tailpipes integrated into the rear apron/bumper, they help the rear end of the Opel flagship to make a strong impression. The high-tech look of the Monza Concept thus becomes reality.

Easy loader: Tailgate with an extra kick

The new Insignia Sports Tourer not only looks more elegant and sporty, it is also more practical. The overhang between bumper and trunk is reduced, thanks to the neatly designed tailgate, which also makes loading easier. In addition, the width between the wheel arches has increased, which makes it easier to transport bulky items such as a dog kennel. The same applies to the length of the trunk, which has grown by 97 millimeters to 2,005 millimeters with the backs of the rear seats folded. The new Insignia Sports Tourer thus offers a maximum trunk volume of 1,665 liters, over 130 liters more than its predecessor.

In order to make loading as easy as possible, the tailgate can be opened with a kick, without touching the car. In combination with “Keyless Open” a simple small kicking motion under the rear bumper is enough to open the tailgate (a symbol projected onto the ground shows the correct area). A further kicking motion under the bumper will close the tailgate. The clever system can detect any obstruction and stops the mechanism in case of emergency. In addition, for practicability, the height of the opening can be programmed, in case the car is in a garage. The tailgate can still be opened by a switch on the driver’s side of the car, a button at the rear or via the key’s remote control.

In order to flexibly increase loading space the new Insignia Sports Tourer comes with optional 40/20/40 foldable rear seats that can be folded down by simply pushing a button located in the luggage compartment. The FlexOrganizer Pack with side rails, dividing nets and various fastening options is available as an option so that all loaded materials can be stored safely and tidily. The upward-opening trunk cover makes for even easier access to the trunk.

There is a slight difference regarding the fuel filler cap: Opel engineers decided to do without the customary twist-off cap. Now when the fuel nozzle is inserted into the filler opening, it pushes aside two opening covers in the filler neck. This makes refueling easier, faster and above all clean.

Wellness: Comfort and connectivity for driver and passengers

The attention to detail is also recognizable in the passenger compartment. Headroom in the front has been increased by 9 millimeters. Elsewhere, occupants in the rear can enjoy 31 millimeters more headroom, 25 millimeters more shoulder-room and 27 millimeters more hip-room. Additional luxury is provided by the optional 1,400 x 860 millimeters panorama sunroof that stretches back over the heads of rear-seat passengers. For the first time, both outer rear seats of the Insignia are also heated.

The cockpit is adapted to the person sitting behind the steering wheel. The driver of the new Insignia Sports Tourer sits lower in the car than before and is surrounded by the instruments and center console, as if sitting in a command center. The frameless touchscreen of the IntelliLink system, which is oriented towards the driver, displays a high-class character. In addition to the touchscreen, the controls can be operated intuitively by three rows of buttons. The top row is reserved for the infotainment system, the middle row for heating, ventilation and air conditioning and the bottom row is for driver assistance systems.

Great entertainment and outstanding connectivity are ensured by the latest Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible IntelliLink systems, which enable seamless smartphone integration. In addition, compatible smartphones can also be charged wirelessly. Naturally, the groundbreaking connectivity and service assistant Opel OnStar is also on board; beyond the familiar range of services, it now also offers hotel booking and parking spot search services. Thanks to the 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot[3],all Insignia Sports Tourer occupants have quick internet access with their mobile devices.

Elsewhere, the premium, AGR-certified ergonomic front seats in the Insignia offer a unique combination of electric side bolster settings, massage, memory and ventilation functions while the heated windscreen guarantees good visibility quickly on cold winter days.

Top technologies: IntelliLux LED®, 360° camera, active Lane Keep Assist

One of the highlights in every sense of the word is the (already) second generation of Opel’s innovative and award-winning adaptive IntelliLux LED® matrix light, enabled by new generation LED technology and further developments from Opel engineers. The Opel IntelliLux LED®matrix light now has 16 LED segments integrated into each of the very slim headlamps of the Insignia. The increased number of LED segments enables the various light patterns to adapt to the prevailing traffic situation even more precisely and the transitions between the multiple lighting patterns are faster and more seamless. To improve visibility even further while driving through curves on full high beam, Opel engineers added an innovative active curve lighting function to the new Insignia’s IntelliLux LED® matrix headlights. According to the steering angle, the light intensity provided by the LED segments lighting the inner side of the curve rises to better illuminate the line to follow. Last but not least, a further, dedicated LED spotlight located within the low beam module provides additional illumination at full high-beam for up to 400 meters.

Additional driver assistance systems include:

  • Head up Display: Information on speed, traffic signs, set speed of speed limiter or navigation direction is projected onto the windscreen and in the driver’s direct line of sight ensuring that the eyes remain on the road.
  • 360° camera, which consists of four individual cameras on each side of the car. It enables a 360-degree bird’s-eye view and thus facilitates every parking maneuver.
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), which measures the distance to the vehicle in front and adapts the speed accordingly. ACC will initiate automatic emergency braking if the distance decreases abruptly.
  • Lane Keep Assist with automated steering correction and Lane Departure Warning (LDW). Provides gentle steering wheel movements (and LDW alerts if necessary) to help drivers avoid unintentionally drifting out of their lane.
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert. The system uses radar sensors in the rear bumper to detect objects coming from up to 20 meters at 90 degrees from the left or right side behind the vehicle, a very useful function when reversing out of a parking spot with limited visibility.


Pure fun to drive: Torque vectoring all-wheel drive and powerful engines

Driving pleasure and safety no matter what the conditions are guaranteed thanks to the Insignia’s new intelligent all-wheel drive system with torque vectoring – the most sophisticated in class. Two electrically controlled multi-plate clutches in the all-wheel drive system replace the usual rear axle differential, providing a much more precise power transmission to each wheel individually, no matter whether the roads are graveled, wet, icy or snowy. When cornering, additional torque is transmitted to the outside rear wheel, sensibly reducing understeering and enabling more precise control. The system reacts within a split-second of the accelerator being pressed, ensuring that the car remains more stable and easier to steer in every situation. In addition, the further improved FlexRide chassis provides the basis for excellent, situation-based driving behavior. FlexRide adapts the dampers, steering, throttle response and shift points (on automatics) independently or based on the modes ‘Standard’, ‘Sport’ or ‘Tour’, which can be selected by the driver. The new central ‘Drive Mode Control’ software is the heart and soul of the adaptive chassis. It continuously analyses the information provided by the sensors and settings and recognizes the individual driving style.

The gasoline engine line-up starts with the newly designed 1.5 Turbo with 103 kW/140 hp and 121 kW/165 hp (New European Driving Cycle fuel consumption: urban 7.7-7.6 l/100 km, extra-urban 5.3-4.8 l/100 km, combined 6.2-5.8 l/100 km, 141-132 g/km CO2). A further highlight is the top-of-the-line gasoline unit combined with the new eight-speed automatic gearbox and all-wheel drive: the 2.0 Turbo delivers 191 kW/260 hp and maximum torque of 400 Nm (NEDC fuel consumption: urban 11.5 l/100 km, extra-urban 7.1 l/100 km, combined 8.7 l/100 km; 199 g/km CO2).

On the diesel side, the Insignia Sports Tourer is also available with the extra efficient 1,6-liter all-aluminum Turbo diesel engine delivering 81 kW/110 hp (NEDC fuel consumption: urban 5.0 l/100 km, extra-urban 3.8 l/100 km, combined 4.3 l/100 km, 112 g/km CO2) and 100 kW/136 hp (NEDC fuel consumption: urban 6.1-5.3 l/100 km, extra-urban 4.6-4.1 l/100 km, combined 5.2-4.5 l/100 km, 137-119 g/km CO2). The new Insignia Sports Tourer engine portfolio is rounded off by the further-developed 2.0-liter diesel with 125 kW/170 hp (NEDC fuel consumption: urban 8.3-6.9 l/100 km, extra-urban 5.2-4.3 l/100 km, combined 6.3-5.3 l/100 km; 166-139 g/km CO2). It is available with a new, highly efficient six-speed manual transmission – optionally with all-wheel drive – or the all-new eight-speed automatic gearbox. Further diesel engines will follow.

[1] Via E-mail address and credit card required.

[2] Via Parkopedia.

[3] OnStar Services require activation and account with OnStar Europe Ltd. Wi-Fi Hotspot Services require account with nominated network operator. Charges apply after expiry of applicable trial periods. All services subject to mobile network coverage and availability. Check [LOCAL SITE] for service limitations and charges.

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Further information about official fuel consumption, official specific CO2 emissions and consumption of electric energy can be found in the “guideline about fuel consumption, CO2 Emissions and electric energy consumption of new passenger cars” ('Leitfaden über den Kraftstoffverbrauch, die CO2-Emissionen und den Stromverbrauch neuer Personenkraftwagen') in German language, which is available free of charge at any point of sales and at DAT Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH, Helmuth-Hirth-Straße 1, D-73760 Ostfildern. 



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